10-08-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo
It started as a really tight and jumping head-to-head, the vote count for the 2022 presidential election in Kenya.
As of 9pm on Tuesday 9 August, the final computer records of the 292 constituencies, themselves divided into 46,229 polling stations, began to flow into the operations centre of the Independent Electoral Commission IEBC.
As of 5pm (Kenyan time) on Wednesday, 10 August, just over 4 million votes had been counted, representing one-third of the number of voters who turned out to cast their ballots, about 65% of those eligible. This is the lowest percentage ever for an electoral round in Kenya. In the disputed 2017 elections, it had already dropped to 78% from 86% in 2007. This testifies to the declining confidence of the political class in the country, which in this respect is in line with many nations in the Western world.
A few thousand votes divide Raila Odinga from William Ruto, and the impression is given that the first round will not be enough to elect a new president, but will have to go to a runoff, which would happen if one of the two candidates did not exceed even one vote more than 50% of the total and did not obtain 25% of the votes in at least 24 of Kenya's 47 counties. There is a feeling that the final results may not come in until tomorrow. Given the overwhelming majority of votes in the respective strongholds (Lake Victoria region for Odinga, Rift Valley for Ruto) the vote in the 9 counties of Mount Kenya, the most populous and those of the most important tribe, the Kikuyu, will be decisive as it always has been. Tribes of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta and both vice-presidents. Ruto and Odinga, who are of Kalenjin and Luo ethnicity respectively, wanted to challenge each other in this way. For now, the projected results seem to favour Ruto's dauphin Rigathi Gachagua over Odinga's deputy, former Justice Minister and anti-corruption champion Martha Karua.
Malindikenya.net will update you again at the end of the day.
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